How cash has been doled out since 2013

“The range of annual average payment per person across counties is between Sh4,198 for Nairobi and Sh21,837 for Isiolo,” reads the statement.

Other counties whose residents received the highest amount each annually include Lamu (Sh20,970 ), Marsabit (Sh18,204 ), Tana River (Sh17,321 ), Samburu (Sh15,724 ), Taita Taveta (Sh11,843 ), Turkana (Sh11,693 ), Wajir (Sh10,850 ) and Garissa (Sh9,726 ).

Treasury CS Henry Rotich and Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya after the National Treasury, Commission on Revenue Allocation, Council of Governors ,County Assemblies Forum appeared before the senate finance committee over the Division of Revenue Bill last year. 
Treasury CS Henry Rotich and Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya after the National Treasury, Commission on Revenue Allocation, Council of Governors ,County Assemblies Forum appeared before the senate finance committee over the Division of Revenue Bill last year.

Each Kenyan has received an average of Sh6,915 annually from Sh1.3 trillion the 47 county governments got in the last five years. 

Isiolo residents received the highest amount, at Sh21,837 each annually, from Sh15.6 billion allocated to the county since 2013.

A National Treasury’s statement dated July 13 on the status of payments to counties for 2013-14 to 2017-18 shows each Nairobi resident received Sh4,198 yearly from Sh65.8 billion the county has so far received.

“In each of the last five financial years, the National Treasury fully disbursed to counties their equitable share allocations in accordance with Article 219 of the Constitution,” reads the four-page statement signed by Treasury PS Kamau Thugge.

However the governors have decried the Exchequer’s continued delay in releasing the funds, leading to a serious cash crunch and nearly disrupting county operations.

For instance, governors last week faulted Treasury CS Henry Rotich for slashing Sh14 billion from Sh302 billion the state allocated to counties as sharable revenue in 2017-18.

The county bosses also condemned Treasury for withholding the counties’ Sh84 billion, despite the lapse of the financial year on June 30.

The counties were allocated Sh195.7 billion in 2013-14, Sh231.1 billion in 2014-15, Sh276.2 billion in 2015-16, Sh305 billion in 2016-17 and Sh326.9 billion in 2017-18, conditional grants included.

“County governments have received more than Sh1.3 trillion cumulatively since their establishment in March 2013,” reads the statement.

“Of these payments, 95 per cent has been from the equitable revenue share, for which counties have autonomous budgeting and expenditure responsibilities, as well as accountability obligations under the Public Finance Management Act, 2012 and its regulations.”

The Exchequer bosses said they expect all counties to diligently fulfil their legal responsibilities and strictly adhere to their obligations.

Nairobi tops counties that have received the highest amount since devolution, with Sh65.8 billion, followed by Turkana at Sh50 billion, Kakamega at Sh46 billion, Mandera at 43.9 billion and Nakuru at 43.1 billion.

Counties with the lowest allocation in the last five years include Lamu (Sh10.6 billion), Isiolo (Sh15.6 billion), Tharaka Nithi (Sh15.9 billion), Elgeyo Marakwet (Sh16.4 billion) and Taita Taveta (Sh16.8 billion).

“The range of annual average payment per person across counties is between Sh4,198 for Nairobi and Sh21,837 for Isiolo,” reads the statement.

Other counties whose residents received the highest amount each annually include Lamu (Sh20,970 ), Marsabit (Sh18,204 ), Tana River (Sh17,321 ), Samburu (Sh15,724 ), Taita Taveta (Sh11,843 ), Turkana (Sh11,693 ), Wajir (Sh10,850 ) and Garissa (Sh9,726 ).

~ The Star 

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